Sunday Bike Ride

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Good morning!  I hope you’re having a fabulous day!  I managed to get the Husband up for an early morning bike ride.  It was glorious, and I’m so glad I have a biking buddy now!


I had a whole wheat bagel with 1/2 a banana and PB before our ride.


I saved the other half of the banana for a Green Monster smoothie I foresee in my future.  :)  We’re running low on groceries!


We drove to the near by Wekiva trail for our ride:


This trail is a-maz-ing because it’s so shady. 


We rode 12.0  miles.  This is my first ride since I completed my Metric Century bike race last weekend — 12.0 hours is a lot easier than 60.0 miles!  :) 


Remember how I mentioned that my hands hurt after my race last weekend?  My ring and pinkie fingers are still a little numb, and I think I’ve figured out why:


How NOT to hold onto your handlebar:


Straight arms and locked elbows = kiss of death.


Much better:


Relaxed, slightly bent elbows, and minimal grip is key!


  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Distance: 12.0 miles
  • Calories Burned: 400 (estimate)


After the ride, we decided to look at a few more car dealerships since we were on the right side of town.  I didn’t plan our snacks very well (or at all) and we were both starving after the ride, so we stopped at a gas station for snacks.


I think this is the healthiest meal I’ve ever scrounged up at a gas station!


I got a Tropicana Light orange juice and a crunchy, cold apple:


Plus this new flavor of Kashi Crunch, which was DELICIOUS!


We only looked at three places, but again, no luck at the car dealerships.  I think the Husband might head out to do more shopping today, but I have some stuff to get down around the house so I’m going to pass until this evening. 


After putting away all of our bike gear and showering, I made a delicious and light "second lunch."


My salad:


The star was a roll of roasted tomato polenta!


My salad contained:


  • 1 serving of baked polenta
  • 1/4 cup dark white kidney beans
  • lettuce
  • carrots
  • cucumber


SO good!


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  • runnerskitchen June 21, 2009, 9:55 am

    Great job with the convenience store snacks! How was Trop 50? I haven't tried it yet…

  • Sam June 21, 2009, 9:58 am

    Thanks for the shout out and for being such a wonderful interviewee! 🙂

  • Anonymous June 21, 2009, 9:58 am

    Ah, I love all Kashi products. Just wondering, how fast do you ride? Is it a slow pace or just straight out crazy?

  • Jenny June 21, 2009, 9:59 am

    trop 50?! never heard of it but it sounds interesting! I LOVE my OJ but the sugar content always gets me a litle bit… that stuff sounds perfect!

  • roseyrebecca June 21, 2009, 10:02 am

    I'm working on a collage for Operation Beautiful! I'll send you the picture when I'm done. 🙂

    I can't wait to get back to my apartment and ride my bike!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 21, 2009, 10:09 am

    i liked the trop50!

    anon – 12 miles per hour on a road bike is reallly slow. lol ok its more like "moderate". i averaged like 15 – 18 at some points during the race last weekend.

  • K from ksgoodeats June 21, 2009, 11:16 am

    That's a pretty good meal for a gas station!! I love the pink handlebars 🙂

  • havefaith4ever June 21, 2009, 11:23 am

    Such a great snack from a convenience store!!
    Awesome bike ride 🙂
    <3 jess

  • Heather June 21, 2009, 12:01 pm

    I live near Wekiva! It's so beautiful out there – I've been meaning to go hiking soon, but the heat keeps scaring me away.

    Lunch looks AWESOME. I love polenta!

  • Ada June 21, 2009, 12:09 pm

    I can't believe you managed to find those snacks at a gas station! I guess America is finally progressing haha. Great interview, by the way 🙂

  • Melissa @For the Love of Health June 21, 2009, 12:19 pm

    What a wonderful ride! The weather looks perfect from your photos as well! 🙂

    Have a wonderful afternoon!

  • Marissa June 21, 2009, 12:24 pm

    OJ is so great, Especially on hot days!

  • Susan June 21, 2009, 12:25 pm

    That's an impressive gas station meal!! Your bike trails look great. All I have here is the shoulder of the highway 🙁

  • teacherwoman June 21, 2009, 2:31 pm

    Sounds like an enjoyable ride with the hubby! Yes, locked arms are a no no for cycling! It's important to remember to keep most of your body weight over the saddle and not on the handle bars!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now June 21, 2009, 3:37 pm

    Looks like a fun bike ride! And those veggies look good.

  • Joelle (Chasing Pavements) June 21, 2009, 3:40 pm

    Hey Caitlin! I just started biking myself (no big races or anything, just as an alternative to running sometimes), and I was wondering if you could tell me how you gauge how great of a workout your getting on the bike/cals burned.. thanks so much!:)

  • THE ACTORS DIET June 21, 2009, 4:34 pm

    I never thought of putting polenta in salad – genius! By the way, that apple looks uber fresh…surprising!

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn June 21, 2009, 5:19 pm

    your salad really does look delicious! sometimes the key is not throwing in the kitchen sink (i've learned this after making such swampy/messy salads i didnt even know what i was tasting).

    your combo is something i'd definitely try- i have to look out for polenta in my grocery store next time i head out there.

    any tips on how to cook the polenta?? just curious.

  • Bec June 21, 2009, 6:13 pm

    aww I hope you find something soon, it seems like you've looked so much in the past few days and I am just reading about it!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 21, 2009, 6:26 pm

    joelle – i guesstimate i burn 40 cals a mile based on what friend's garmin once said. then i kind of add/subtract a few based on how hard i think i was working. hope that helps!

    mel – i just slice the log and pop it into the oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees! there's tons of ways to make it — you can even make "lasanga" with it!

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) June 21, 2009, 6:55 pm

    I forgot about how much I love polenta until I saw this post. 😀

    I once made a polenta pie type of dish with salsa and cheese…it makes a very tasty dip. I never thought of baking it and topping a salad with it…yum! 😀

  • seesaraheat June 22, 2009, 7:34 am

    I liked that Kashi bar flavor too! Yum.

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